Max Schleser is a filmmaker, who explores innovation in digital filmmaking and creative media production through wireless, mobile and ubiquitous technologies. His portfolio includes various mobile, smartphone and pocket camera films which are screened at film festivals, Galleries and Museums internationally, such as: East End Film Festival (U.K.), Future Film (U.K.), FLEFF Film Festival (U.S.A.), Fed TV (Australia), Festival de La Imagen (Columbia), HeART beat Festival (Russia), Museu da Imagem e do Som do Estado – Museum of Moving-Image (Brazil), London Gallery West (U.K.), Mobile Film Fest (USA), New Zealand Film Archive – Na Tonga Sound and Vision, Te Papa Tongarewa – Museum of New Zealand (Aotearoa/New Zealand), Pocket Film Festival (France), Videoscope (France), South London Gallery (U.K.), The Smalls (U.K.).
His mobile feature film “Max with a Keitai” (2007) is included in the public film archive in the Forum des Images in Paris and “Frankenstorm” (2014) was screened on CTV, Canterbury Television, this year. He is the Creative Director of collaborative digital storytelling platform 24 Frames 24 Hours (www.24frames24hours.org.nz).
Max’s feature films are reviewed in Cinemascope and Vague Terrain. He is referred to as a pioneer and leading practitioner of mobile phone filmmaking in magazines including Idealog and Creative Plus. Acknowledgment of his ground breaking work has resulted in features in Smart Movie Making “The best online mobile film festivals”, the IdN Magazine (International Designers Network) and the Next Web Magazine “Disconnect: The Future of Mobile” issue. Over the last six years Max provided research and Industry consultancy for Nokia, Frontier Strategy, Open Lab, Virtuo and Adobe.
Max presents keynotes at festivals internationally exploring Mobile Media, Online Video, Digital Storytelling, Cross-Media Production and Creative Innovation. He frequently talks about the prospects and potential of smartphones for creative media production as well as community engagement. During the last years he was invited to present at Columbia 3.0 in Bogota (Columbia), the UGPFF (Unoffical Google Plus Film Festival), Adobe Eductaion Summit (Barcelona) and Mobil Film Festival San Diego (USA).
Max also conceptualized and conducted numerous mobile filmmaking workshops for community groups and creative professionals. He has taken up invitations to run workshops at the San Diego Mobil Film Festival, Tisch School of The Arts, New York University (USA), Interactive Entertainment Conference (NZ), Edge Of The City Film-Festival (U.K.), Celu-Lab Plataforma (Columbia), Festival For The Future (NZ), Co-Lab (NZ) and 21cc, the educational link of the BBC (U.K.).
Max has published book chapters and journal articles about mobile, smartphone and pocket films, mobile creativity, mobile innovation and collaborative mobile filmmaking. He recently edited a special edition in Ubiquity – The Journal of Pervasive Media, Journal of Creative Technologies and co-edited the book Mobile Media Making in an Age of Smartphones, published by Palgrave Pivot.
Max co-found MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network Australasia, and curates the annual International Mobile Innovation Screening and produces the International Mobile Innovation DVD and eBook.
In 2013 he received an International Visiting Scholarship award to Monmouth University, USA and was awarded both the University and College of Creative Arts Early-Career Research Awards at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.